5 Things You Should Know About Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Here are 5 things you should know about Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

I know a lot of you haven’t been able to play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft because of its current closed beta status. You are not alone; many others have been trying to get their hands on a beta key with no luck. So, while you wait for Blizzard to loosen its grip on some keys, here are five things you should know about Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Hearthstone is addictive. Like, seriously addictive. It starts during the initial tutorial levels that are required before competing against other human opponents. There is just something about drawing the right card at the right time that brings a level of excitement not found in many other games. It almost has the same addictive nature to it as Magic: The Gathering, but it‘s easier to learn. The game boards on which you play on have features that are addictive in themselves. For example, there is one board which allows you to hurl boulders at the other player via catapult. On another board, a bird follows your cursor and occasionally pecks at it. None of these little additions affect gameplay, but you will find yourself fiddling with them during a match like a distracted puppy.  Unlocking items in-game keeps you wanting to play. Whether it is a new card or some arcane dust, it is always nice to be able to receive things that the devs could have charged for but instead was like “Nah, let’s give them a little reward for their time.” In fact, you can’t buy dust; you either have to disenchant (aka destroy) your rare cards, or earn the dust. Getting free arcane dust is great since you need it to craft that one card you're missing. You will be spending money on this game if you want to be competitive at all. Yes, it is a free-to-play game. Yes, you don’t have to spend any money on cards. The truth is though, you won’t be ranking up very quickly in ranked mode without spending some cash to craft a winning deck. Plus, it is two bucks every time you want to enter the arena mode and predictably, that is where you can potentially win big. Just like you have to spend money in other trading card games, you will have to spend money on Hearthstone. Be prepared for that. And last but not least, Hearthstone is in closed beta for a reason. While it is fun to play and as addictive as Cookie Clicker, there are still several bugs that need to be addressed. Also, for those who may be have a beta key, be aware that even though Blizzard has promised no more account wipes, they are currently implementing rank wipes. From what I hear, it may become a weekly thing. Make sure you are aware that your rank which you have worked hard to get may be stripped away the next morning. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is slated to be released sometime this year.Are you trying to get into the closed beta or are you already playing? Comment below!

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Published Nov. 2nd 2013
  • Tyrone_8070
    Got a beta key from a coworker of mine :) Go contacts!
  • Poetic Stanziel
    Featured Contributor
    I am doing well enough at constructed deck play. I am sucking horribly at Arena. I'm so far 0-3. 0-3. 1-3.
  • Mistreaver
    In all honesty, was a bit wary at first.. but after getting my Beta Invite and playing.. this game is addictive and its bloody good!! Takes a few turns to get to grips with it, but its intuitive, and has that "one more go" playability that will keep you coming back. Loving it right now
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    Glad you are enjoying it! :)
  • Luc Step
    I'd like to get a beta key, please!
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    make sure you click on the link at the top of the page to go to the contest page :)
  • Freddie Eloff
    Please spare a key for a lonely South African waiting for his ping to one day be as great as the rest of the world! #notgonahappen ;) but a beta key will make me feel better.
  • Evce
    still trying to get... it's soo hard
  • Zack TheMan
    I have been in so many contests for beta keys...
  • Boundeur
    I've been trying to get a key for weeks , made like 30 or 40 contests and still nothing! plus my mad mech upgraded T-rex is stealing all of my pants and I'm really sick of him! I really need to relax with a good game of Hearthstone!
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    Hey all! We now are giving away Hearthstone Beta keys! I have updated this article with the link to the new page at the top! Go there Now! :)
  • Rafel_3051
    i need this key(
  • Jim Wah
    A Hearthstone key would feed my depression instead of food.
  • Richard_8963
    I'm still trying to get a beta key to feed the addiction...
  • Max_9067
    Would love to try the beta out :D
  • Rawgnar
    pleeease beta my sorry behind :(
  • Endyr_2028
    I would love a beta key pls
  • Woody_3834
    Heard you guys got some beta keys recently! Grats, hope the traffic is beneficial for you! I've never heard of you before but voila, here I am. Best of luck distributing the keys, it's been a nightmare for a lot of people. (I'll take one, by the by.)
  • Cullen Sinclair
    If you guys have keys to give away I would really like one!
  • micotu_5540
    Been watching streams of EKOP, Trump, and kripp on twitch but still need a beta key... would be great if you guys could help me :D
  • Pedro Danen
    It's been a long journey, but i'm still fighting for that elusive beta key!
  • zown
    Still waiting for a beta key, sad that riot didnt prioritize the keys give away to is olders clients. But i really want the game, so try harder mode: on. :D
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